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50th Anniversary of 1968 war protests, Beatles & Stones “Revolution”

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 political riots (led by Jerry Rubin & the Yippies) at the Chicago Democratic Convention. That same week in August saw the release of the Beatles single “Revolution” and the Rolling Stones ’45 “Street Fighting Man” – the perfect protest soundtrack.

In Pat Thomas’ new oral and visual history of Jerry Rubin and the Yippies Did It! Jerry Rubin: An American Revolutionary published by Fantagraphics Books – he interviews 75 radicals and activists, including dozens of women telling their stories for the first time ever. Along the way, from the personal journals of Rubin are interactions with Bob Dylan, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Tim Leary, Phil Ochs, Eldridge Cleaver and of course his comrade Abbie Hoffman. Their relationship was much more complex than previous books have examined.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘68 political riots and the publication of Did It, Pat Thomas and guests have secured multiple live book events that will feature vintage recordings of Rubin speaking during his 1968-1972 prime.  Come and see why in 2018’s political climate, this is all still relevant.

“America hasn’t lost its way, just its sense of humor and the sound of Jerry Rubin’s laughter, as captured in Pat Thomas’ excellent book. Thomas’s writing combines a true fan’s enthusiasm and curiosity with an aficionado’s deep knowledge of music, politics and pop culture, not to mention the kind of intellectual’s wiseass skepticism that would have made Lester Bangs a kindred spirit.”

—Rex Weiner, author of The Woodstock Census and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane

Saturday March 24th (4 to 5:30 pm)
Special guest: Paul Krassner (Yippie and editor of The Realist)
Unoppressive Non-imperialist Bargain Books
34 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Monday March 26th   (7 pm)

Wesleyan R. J. Julia Bookstore

413 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Tuesday March 27th (6 pm)

The Institute Library

847 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510

Saturday March 31st   (3 to 4:30 pm)

Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Special guests: Bill Ayers (Weather Underground) & Nancy Kurshan (Yippie) 

5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Tuesday April 3rd   (7 pm)

 Bookbound Bookstore

1729 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Wednesday April 4th   (6 pm)

The Book Beat Bookstore

26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237

Thursday  April 5th  (6 pm)

Last Exit Books

124 E Main St #1, Kent, OH 44240

Friday April 6th    (7 pm)

Burning Books

420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213

“In Did It!’s outstanding chapter on Yippie Nancy Kurshan, Pat Thomas gives an insider’s view of a life committed to the movement, as if he were there, with an uncanny understanding of a woman’s subordinate position during the ’60s revolution in which feminism emerged as one of the defining issues of the decade; he also gives us a timeline of what happened when, and how it all fit together, whether it was Jerry and Abbie strategizing with John & Yoko or trying to get Dylan involved in a tour for the cause; read this if you want to know what it was like to be there, then put Thomas’ unusual document in an honored position in your library next to David Harris’ Dreams Die Hard and The Murder of Fred Hampton.”

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